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a) content/story b) talent involved c) time of its original release d) popularity or acclaim (or novelty) e) availability or opportunity to have seen it
This is not necessarily a "to see" list. It is a countdown of the movies (in order of most startling) that, for whatever reason(s), I simply have not seen... yet.
The following is a list of influential movies I first experienced via 'ON' (at the impressionable ages of 12-15). Most are quite good and still rank as some of my all-time favorites while some are bona fide clunkers. Regardless of their critical reception, each certainly helped shape my overall interest in film, my cinematic inclinations, and my attitude about the world in which I was presently becoming an independent entity.
I suppose the real thanks should go to my parents who not only paid for this luxury but also provided me the freedom to explore all content without supervision, guidance or restriction. This rare act of parental latitude allowed me to be completely objective and thus thoroughly immerse myself in the medium to form opinions, emotions, likes and dislikes that were truly idiosyncratic.
Of course we are all products of our environment and usually retain and revere our early influences... and so it is, for me, that this became a "golden age" of film for which I am grateful to ON-TV for its quality, unedited programming and brief existence before the purchase of our first VCR.
1) It must have an IMDb user rating lower than my own; 2) It must be a movie I have seen or would see more than twice; 3) It must be one of which I am, at least slightly, embarrassed to admit liking because it is...
absurd; silly; stupid; inane; lowbrow; lightweight; one-dimensional; cartoonish; juvenile; cheesy; hokey; wholesome; sappy; over-uplifting; a musical; chick flick-ish; manipulative; gimmicky; kitschy; director or star indulgent; pretentious; bombastic; exploitative; gratuitous; disturbing; depraved; perverse; obscene; vulgar; tasteless; not good; critically panned; poorly acted; technically deficient; dated; self-divulging
The following is a list of (relatively) high-grossing movies that I have never seen nor have any interest in seeing. There may indeed be a hidden gem or two contained herein that is being unfairly disregarded but with so many other films in my Watchlist, I will just have to go to my grave having missed them.
Presented in chronological order by U.S. release date (simply because no other sort order seems relevant nor worth the effort), here are some of the films of which I choose to take a pass.
...in reverse countdown order (i.e. 1=#200, 68=#133, 144=#57, 200=#1)
Some cinematic experiences are so complicated, confusing and/or intricately constructed that one is tempted to watch again to possess a "knowing" perspective of the story as it unfolds anew. I equate this to watching a sporting event when the outcome is already known.... perhaps not a perfect analogy as these films may still be entertaining when seen again but surely not without an adverse effect on the tension, adrenaline rush, climax, and overall drama.
So, resist the urge... just let these movies resonate and stay with you. Contemplate, deconstruct, analyze and appreciate as you replay them in your memory. They were most likely created with the intent of being a one-time spectacle. Respect those intentions and just enjoy the ride... once.
(Since nearly all "slasher" flicks depend heavily upon "jump out of your seat" moments, I have removed them from consideration for this list. Films of this genre are, by nature, substantially less riveting the second go-round and thus excluded.)
I also appreciate that some readers may suggest a few of theses films should not be seen even once... touché.
Contained herein is a list of PG-13, U.S. films released in the first ten years of the inclusion of said rating. I believe all of these teenage-targeted movies suffered greatly as a result of the existence and subsequent obtainment of a PG-13 rating. Of course I have no knowledge of the original script nor the visionary intent of the writer(s) and director but wholeheartedly believe that, had PG-13 not been available, these movies would have been made for a more astute, mature audience. Although it is completely subjective to believe all or most of these films could have been significantly better had they been released as an R-rated production, it is clear from their subpar, IMDb user-rating that each was lacking the necessary qualities for a memorable movie-going experience. I openly acknowledge that some of the movies listed below may have been dreadful regardless of target audience.
This is a carefully selected list of titles that simply have a plot/storyline that seems more suitable for young adults or should have been better given the talent and seemingly diluted mature subject matter.
Thanks once again for considering my point-of-view and respecting the fact that I know my opinions and theories are difficult to substantiate. I enjoyed assembling this demonstration and (hopefully) presenting something more than just a register of "movies I like/dislike."